Minor League Hockey
RiverHawk to sit after suspension
Augusta RiverHawks defenseman J.D. Gordon was suspended by the Southern Professional Hockey League on Friday in the wake of Thursday night’s win over the Huntsville Havoc.
Gordon, who signed with the team on Wednesday, made his RiverHawks debut Thursday and was ejected 11 minutes into the game.
A hard hit from behind two minutes into the first period earned him a cross checking penalty, and his night ended early nine minutes later when he was given a game misconduct and five-minute major for checking from behind.
Augusta head coach Brad Ralph said after the game he was pleased with Gordon and the other three skaters who made their season debut for the RiverHawks. The 3-2 win saw Augusta reclaim sole possession of first place in the league standings.
Gordon will miss tonight’s home game against the Fayetteville FireAntz.
Two area players to join Jaguars
Greenbrier’s Casey Rowland and Harlem’s Kristen Mills are among seven players who have signed to play for Augusta State next season.
The others are Kristen Bagley, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Haley Birkle, of Gainesville, Fla.; Erika Burkhart, of Ringgold, Ga.; Paige Deschaine, of Summerville, S.C.; and Carol Giuffrida, of Palm City, Fla.
Nadal is ousted in Qatar Open
In Doha, Qatar, Gael Monfils upset Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinals of the Qatar Open to line up an unexpected all-French final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after Roger Federer pulled out of the tournament with back spasms.
• In Chennai, India, Japanese qualifier Go Soeda upset defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-4 in the Chennai Open quarterfinals .
Soeda will play top-seeded Janko Tipsarevic in the semifinals after the Serbian beat Belgian wild card entry David Goffin 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.
Second-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain and fourth-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada will play in the other semifinal.
• In Brisbane, Australia, Kim Clijsters quit her semifinal match in the Brisbane International because of an ailing hip.
Cashner is dealt by Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs have traded right-hander Andrew Cashner to the San Diego Padres for first baseman Anthony Rizzo and minor league right-hander Zach Cates. San Diego also receives minor league outfielder Kyung-Min Na.
Mayweather will not do time yet
In Las Vegas, a judge in Las Vegas gave Floyd Mayweather Jr. until June 1 to turn himself in to serve a 90-day jail sentence for his guilty plea in a domestic violence case, allowing the undefeated boxer to meet contractual obligations for a Cinco de Mayo fight against an as-yet unnamed foe.
Former champ Carter dies at 85
In Miami, Don Carter, the bowling great with the unorthodox style who flourished as a genuine sports celebrity during the game’s golden age on TV, has died. He was 85.
He was voted Bowler of the Year six times (1953, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1962).